19th Century Warren company inspires Vegas business
Inside a Las Vegas business, there is advertising for Piso’s Cure for Consumption and the Ezra T. Hazeltine Company of Warren that produced and sold it.
Hazeltine started selling Piso’s Cure for Consumption — tuberculosis — in Warren back in the 1860s.
In 2016, a marijuana dispensary — Piso’s: The Original Dispensary — opened in Las Vegas.
A staff member at Pisos (the company dropped the apostrophe) who did not give his name said he was not intimately familiar with the history, but knew the business was named in honor of the elixir from Warren.
“The name does stem from healing,” he said. “Back in the late 1800s, there was a dispensary… they had this elixir that they put cannabis oil in.”
“It was used to suppress coughs,” he said. “Instead of using opiates, they used THC” which is the active ingredient in marijuana.
“We just carried on a tradition of healing and that’s what we provide to our customers,” the Pisos employee said.
The dispensary’s Facebook page has numerous photos that include original Piso’s bottles and advertising.
The employee could not answer questions about where that memorabilia came from.
Over the years, bottles of Piso’s listed ingredients including opiates, chloroform, cannabis indica, alcohol, and others.
The cost of a bottle was 25 cents for decades.
Over time, the advertising for the company included an original Normal Rockwell and, under private and public pressure, changed its tune from “Cure for Consumption” to “Remedy for Coughs and Colds.”
The company was located close to where the Clark Street parking garage now stands. It expanded in 1886, was renamed The Piso Company in 1895, and eventually became the largest employer in town.
The company survived some difficult times until finally failing before World War II.